Assistive Chessboard; Human vs. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Matchups in Strategy Games have Facilitated the Growth of AI Technology

Ramsey, Iain, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Powell, Harry, EN-Elec & Comp Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Neeley, Kathryn, Science, Technology, Society Dept, University of Virginia

My technical and STS topics are strongly related because both fundamentally involve human and AI interaction. In my STS topic, I researched three case studies of newsworthy human vs. AI matchups in strategy games and found that development of AI technology increased as an outcome of these events. In my technical report, I designed a chessboard where players can play against an AI, creating a device to facilitate human and AI interaction. I chose my technical report because I’m a chess enthusiast who plays against online chess AI almost daily, but I wanted the opportunity to play against AI in a physical setting as well. I chose my STS topic because strategy games like chess, go, and poker, have always been interesting to me and I wanted to find a research topic that intermixed these games with AI technology in a meaningful way.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
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